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Lunch 55

By SimonFletch  
Pleased to see you got a smile, out of the thought of me dashing around the balcony of my apartment in my jimjams, taking images of 'Lunch 54 - The Silvery-cheeked Hornbill' Smile "Needs Must, when The Devil Drives" and all that.

Richard brought a smile to my wizened chops, with his Comment about our Hornbill being the "avian replacement for the AWACS radar plane ". There are over 50 different species of Hornbill in the world, of which just 12 reside in Kenya and the different species eat all manner of things; our Silvery-cheeked example eats only fruit, Nezih.

Jeff's traditional 'one liner' "Boy, Have I got a headache!!" was a good 'un and I don't know why, but it reminded me of a recent visit, to a new restaurant in town, which had posh glass table tops and lots of waiters, bustling to show us through to an outside, covered area. It wasn't very busy, being lunchtime, but we passed a table with a couple seated and then a larger table with three generations of Indians, with a skinny man, wearing a turban, at the head. Seated comfortably and perusing the menu, I noticed a fly hop off the bread rolls onto the table. Without thinking, I raised my hand and deftly swatted it.... Thump - and watched all the silvery knives, forks, spoons, glasses and bread basket rise into the air and descend with tinkles, clatters and various other sounds.... The din settled and I looked up, to see a whole row of waiters, standing stiffly to attention. A glance to my left revealed the couple staring at me, him pushing his glasses back up his nose. Over my shoulder, the skinny Indian was sitting on the side of his chair, his turban covering one eye and his nose. And the food was awful...

Today's 'Lunch'
A Three-banded Plover was walking around the perimeter of the big dam, in Nairobi's National Game Park, last Saturday, pecking away between rocks and grasses, looking for tit-bits. A super-fast little fellow, it wasn't easy to get images of him, let alone observe what he was eating...!!

Have a Wonderful Wednesday..!

Simon
PS: Yesterday's mission to the Government offices had to be aborted. It's happening today...

Tags: Lunch Eating Wildlife and nature Nairobi National Park Three-banded Plover

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Comments


nonur Plus
7 17 10 Turkey
29 Jan 2014 1:35AM
Never tiring constant search for lunch, that's the impression I get from these shots, Simon. Brilliant light and shots.

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29 Jan 2014 1:52AM
This is a lovely bird.. This lunch is very pleasing.
TyChee Plus
11 275 1 United States
29 Jan 2014 2:35AM
Super sharp image.
Ty
They keep eating so long that lunch blends into dinner.

Good luck with your meeting, Simon.

Peter
Bantu Plus
3 6 1 India
29 Jan 2014 3:50AM
First one is superb second ones is lovely,you capture with a difference.
gwynn56 4 87 England
29 Jan 2014 4:17AM
beautiful capture Smile
bobsblues 6 10 2 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 5:38AM
Top class Simon V1 a real cracker of a shot superb detail. Good luck with the meeting don't forget the filthy lucre ps if you run short I can transfer a couple of millions for you Wink
Rob
CarolG Plus
9 195 18 Greece
29 Jan 2014 6:27AM
Excellent colour and detail in this pair of captures, Simon. Hope the meeting goes well for you today. Carol
Andysnapper 8 109 25 England
29 Jan 2014 6:39AM
Plovers the world over are a skittish, fast moving little bird and always difficult to get a good shot of, so well done on 2 good shots. I particularly like the first with the foot just raised. Excellent as always Simon.

Andy
cats_123 Plus
12 4.6k 26 Northern Ireland
29 Jan 2014 6:51AM
Wow 700mm!! you could almost eat the grubs for him at that range!!!WinkGrin stunning colours Smile
Kim Walton 12 145 30 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 7:05AM
Nice but a little bright almost if you`d used flash ? ---I know not with a 700mm !
Caziwinkles 3 3 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 7:09AM

Quote:Nice but a little bright almost if you`d used flash ? ---I know not with a 700mm !


My thoughts too - the lighting is quite harsh on his face.
andylea 7 37 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 7:34AM
brilliant detail simon wonderful colour and pov you write up's cheer up the most grey and dull mornings v1 for me today a cracker nice one Wink
andy
viscostatic 10 34 5 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 8:06AM
V1 a great close-up of this beautiful little bird Simon with great detail of the head in particular.

Phil.
29 Jan 2014 8:13AM
V1 for me Simon, great pose captured,
Fred.
29 Jan 2014 8:22AM
V1 is a real stunner, Simon - superb detail and clarity.
Like the way it's putting its best foot forward!Smile
Regards,
Richard
Mike_Young 9 12 9 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 8:51AM
Two great shots Simon ! V1 is definitely the one to lead, you captured this super little bird really well in such bright contrasty light.
29 Jan 2014 10:18AM
Wow Simon, these are just gorgeous V1 for me, the colours are stunning, how lucky you are to see all this wild life. this deserves a special award, some of my chocolates Best wishes Patty GrinGrin
29 Jan 2014 11:48AM
Two great captures Simon, but V1 is really amazing.
Effrossini
ali63 Plus
4 749 1 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 11:54AM
V1 for me Simon, great work,

Ali Smile
mikbee 9 3 8 Scotland
29 Jan 2014 12:07PM
Looks like he has to work for a bit of lunch here Simon.
Well,I suppose unlike us,he can't expect it to be served up on a plate !!
Good shots.
Mick.
29 Jan 2014 4:49PM
Beautiful captures, Simon!
Regards,
George
Lillian Plus
7 21 17 United Kingdom
29 Jan 2014 5:16PM
Two good shots but V1 has the edge over 2 this time
Shame about your mealBlushWink
Lillian
Glostopcat 10 255 2 England
29 Jan 2014 7:25PM
V1 is a top quality shot of this wader Simon, such pin sharp details captured in the plumage
29 Jan 2014 9:49PM
What an amazing bird Simon and loved the story. That poor fly! Now he didn't have a good lunch! Cathy
dark_lord Plus
12 1.8k 325 England
29 Jan 2014 10:57PM
It has to be V1 for me too today, nicely captured in mid stride.
Keith
30 Jan 2014 6:27AM
V1 - just great!
30 Jan 2014 11:29AM
beautiful and that colour eye is wonderful
BIGRY1 Plus
4 3 7 United Kingdom
30 Jan 2014 9:28PM
Great detail and eye contactGrin
Ryan

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